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Hands-on Learning: Its Effectiveness in Teaching the Public about Wildland Fire

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This study evaluated workshops for the adult public featuring experiential learning about wildland fire. Participants used hands-on activities to investigate fire behavior and ecology and to assess hazards in the wildland-urban interface. Effectiveness was examined using a pretest, a posttest following the program, and another posttest 30 days later. Participants' knowledge increased following the program, and their attitudes and beliefs became more supportive of fire management. These changes were still evident a month later. Hands-on activities can help adults become better informed about wildland fire and more positive about fire management.

Keywords: communication; education; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; policy; public perceptions

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Fuels Specialist Palouse Ranger District, Potlatch, Idaho 2: Department Head and Professor Department of Forest Resources, College of Natural Resources, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, 83844, 3: Ecologist Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory, USDA Forest Service, Missoula, Montana

Publication date: October 1, 2003

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